A long-standing history of volunteerism helped transition what the fire service is today. One of the earliest volunteer organization in the Tillamook area dates to the late 1800’s. Historical records document the “Wide Awake Hook & Ladder Company” as the first formalized volunteer association operating in the City of Tillamook.
Fire departments in the early years were operated by volunteer associations. There were no formal agreements, city governments, organized districts, tax revenue, and limited equipment. Women were non-existent in the service and a strong competitive force of men from the local community provided the fire suppression force with immense courage. Early association’s not only provided the much-needed fire suppression labor force, but also provided a social point of contact.
Both dedicated men and women of our community proudly provide the bulk of the fire suppression labor force for the Tillamook Fire District. Social aspects continue with a strong heritage. The name has transitioned over the years to what is now officially call the Tillamook Volunteer Firefighter’s Association. All members of the fire district are members of the Association.
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